Commenting on the publication today of the outcomes of the Jersey Teachers’ Survey and guidance on marking and planning, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:
“The Jersey Teachers’ Survey provides a valuable insight into the opinions of teachers and school leaders on key issues affecting the workforce and the pupils they teach. It provides critical intelligence to the Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department to guide the development of policy and to ensure that Jersey’s teachers are respected, valued and well-placed to support the learning of children and young people.
“The Survey confirms that teachers are dedicated public servants, committed to providing high-quality learning experiences for all pupils. The continued increase in standards of achievement across the Island is a testament to their diligence and professionalism.
“However, the Survey’s findings on teachers’ health and wellbeing and their workload are especially concerning and show that much more needs to be done to give staff in schools the working environment they need and deserve. Particularly troubling is the high proportion of teachers reporting poor pupil behaviour and incidents of verbal abuse. Addressing these issues must become an urgent priority for the Department.
“Tackling these concerns requires practical and meaningful action. It is for this reason that the guidance published today on marking and planning is welcome. The guidance shows that there is absolutely no excuse for these activities to generate excessive burdens on staff as the best educational approaches are also those that manage workload most effectively.
“Teachers will now look to the Department to ensure that the words in the guidance become a reality in the classroom.
“There is no doubt that the Survey and the guidance show the value of the Education Partnership between the NASUWT and the Department. Both were first identified as necessary through the work of the Partnership. The Partnership was central to their development and implementation and without it, neither would ever have seen the light of day.
“The Education Partnership is based on the core principle that supporting the workforce and providing high-quality education are mutually inclusive goals. The NASUWT looks forward to the Partnership continuing to put this principle into practice for Jersey’s children, young people and their teachers.”